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City
CITY was first published in 1952. In a distant future, Earth is ruled by dogs. They are able to speak and they like to study the old legends describing a world ruled by Humans. These legends, that cover thousands of years, are about the Webster family who produced an impressive number of scientists and politicians during the course of time. They are also about Jenkins, a robot who served all the Websters who lived in the family home. After having f...
Special Deliverance
As he's examining a strange talking slot machine in his college's basement, Edward Lansing is suddenly sent to a parallel Earth. He wakes up in the middle of a forest and, after a while, reaches a small hostelry near a river. There, he makes the acquaintance of five other people who have undergone the same transfer than he has. Each one of Lansing's new companions comes from the planet Earth but from Earths that had different social and political evoluti...
The Big Front Yard
In this classic SF novella, Clifford D. Simak examines what is important to the advancement of a culture. In a choice between money and ideas, or between peaceful communion and violent confrontation, which would you pick? Does a slow pace mean boredom, or is there virtue in patience and deliberation? Mr. Simak presents quite a sophisticated view of a pastoral man, to whom personal integrity and honesty matter greatly despite an undemonstrative exterior ...
The Visitors
THE VISITORS has been first published in 1980. Hundreds of huge extra-terrestrial black boxes have landed in the U.S.A. They eat trees and produce balls of cellulose. After a few days, they start to churn out little black boxes that eat the cellulose balls. As these aliens don't have an aggressive behaviour, the population soon gets used to them while the White House is desperately trying to find a way to communicate with them. Now, Jerry Conklin ...

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Time Is the Simplest Thing
The Fishhook is an organization, based in Mexico, employing people with paranormal kinetics (PK). Man has given up interstellar journeys because of his physiological frailty and explores the galaxy with his mind, the mind of the PK's, who, with the help of a machine, are able to visit alien planets. One day, Blaine, one of the Fishhook's top explorers, accidentally trades mental abilities with an alien creature during his mental journey just before comin...
Way Station
One of Clifford Simak's signature works, Way Station is about Enoch Wallace, a civil war veteran. An alien offers him immortality in exchange for his maintaining a "Way Station", sort of a train depot for Galactic Central's matter transmitter, in his Wisconsin farmhouse. The story deals with the truth about him coming out, and the lonely life he leads. As with most of Clifford's works, it is a tale not of action but of thoughtful discourse, often just...


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